June 16th marks the International Day of the African Child, a significant occasion that highlights the importance of empowering and protecting the rights of African children. On this day, Global Africans Against Slavery (GLAAS) takes a moment to reflect and reaffirm their commitment to creating a brighter future for African children. GLAAS, a multi-sectoral coalition of relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and migrant smuggling is steadfast in its pursuit of the best interests of African children.
GLAAS recognizes that African children face numerous challenges in their daily lives, from poverty and lack of access to quality education to the threat of child labor and exploitation. As an advocacy group, GLAAS is committed to address these issues and create lasting change in the lives of African children. Through collaborative efforts, they strive to raise awareness, mobilize resources, and influence policy changes that prioritize the well-being and development of the African child.
“Today, GLAAS sends its heartfelt wishes to all African children, celebrating their resilience, strength, and untapped potential. We firmly believe that every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment to grow and thrive, free from the shackles of exploitation and slavery. By championing their cause, GLAAS seeks to ensure that the African child’s voice is heard, their rights are protected, and their dreams are within reach.” Mama Imahkus Njinga Ababio said to the AAMN Media team.
“Enhancing Children’s literacy lies at the core of GLAAS’ mission to empower African children with information that will sustain them through the challenges of life. We firmly believe that access to quality education is a fundamental right that paves the way for a brighter future. However, many African children still lack access to proper schooling, with millions of them out of school or receiving substandard education. GLAAS aims to bridge this gap by advocating for inclusive and equitable education systems that prioritize the African child’s needs. By doing so, we hope to break the cycle of poverty and provide opportunities for a better future.” NanaHemaa Awindor the founder of Obaapa Development Foundation Ghana said in her heartfelt message from GLAAS to All Africa Media Network.
The Global Africans Against Slavery recognizes the urgent need to tackle child labor in Africa and are working on a bill that they will push through the parliamentary arms of governments in Africa to curb child labour drastically, which in itself is an enhancer of intra-state and inter-state trafficking of children in Africa. Many children are subjected to hazardous and exploitative work conditions, depriving them of their childhood and hindering their physical and mental development.
GLAAS is diligently trying to raise awareness about the issue, advocate for stronger legal protections, and support initiatives that provide alternatives to child labor which they are already working on the templates and shall achieve through collaboration with law-makers, government institutions, NGOs, and local community leaders in its endeavor to eradicate child labor and ensure the safety and well-being of every African child.
Child trafficking is a grave concern that GLAAS intends to eliminate. The trafficking of children, often for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or recruitment into armed conflicts, remains a distressing reality in Africa. GLAAS is to stand firmly against this heinous crime and actively supports efforts to prevent trafficking, rescue victims, and rehabilitate survivors. By strengthening legislation, enhancing border controls, and promoting regional cooperation, GLAAS aims to dismantle the networks that perpetuate child trafficking and create a secure environment for African children.
The Steering Committee GLAAS understands that protecting the rights of African children requires a comprehensive and holistic approach. In addition to sensitization of the people against child exploitation. GLAAS seeks to ensure that African children have the necessary resources for their physical and mental well-being.
The coalition’s efforts and unwavering dedication are driven by the belief that the African child deserves a future free from slavery and exploitation. GLAAS recognizes that no single entity can accomplish this mission alone, and therefore, they shall actively collaborate with governments, international organizations, civil society, and local communities to achieve their goals. By uniting diverse stakeholders, GLAAS aims to create a formidable force against slavery and child exploitation, amplifying the voices of African children and advocating for their rights at every level.
On this International Day of the African Child, GLAAS calls upon governments, organizations, and individuals to join hands and stand up for the rights of African children. It is a day to celebrate their resilience, acknowledge their struggles, and renew our commitment to their well-being. GLAAS envisions a future where every African child can flourish, unburdened by the chains of slavery and injustice. Together, let us work towards a brighter future, where the African child can dream, learn, and grow, with freedom and dignity.